After not submitting a qualifying offer, and seeing that the market wasn’t as hot as expected for him, the Calgary Flames have decided to bring back forward Paul Byron.
The contract is for one year. No financial details are known about the deal at this time.
Byron, 25, split time during the 2013-14 season with both the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League and the Flames. However, his new contract is strictly a one-way deal for a team in the midst of a complete organizational rebuild.
During his time with the Flames last season, Byron scored seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 47 games played. In 23 games with the Heat last year, Byron scored five goals and 13 assists for 18 points.
The Flames acquired Byron in the summer of 2011 in the trade that sent Robyn Regehr to the Buffalo Sabres. Since the trade, Byron has split every season in the NHL and AHL. With a one-way contract, it’s expected that Byron will be in the NHL to stay this time around.
Should he be sent down, he will have to go through waivers first, allowing every other team to claim him for free.
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